November 12, 2015
Well my blog has been possessed by the devil for a few months now so we have a new look and it’s time for a new blog. I have been slacking the past few months on writing. I think I go through seasons of not having anything to write about. But the seasons are changing and God is doing some amazing things in my family’s life right now.
For the past 2 months our small group has been doing a study on discipling others called The Master Plan of Evangelism. This could possibly be one of the best studies I’ve ever done. It is really challenging us to go out and find someone to disciple. But one thing that has really stuck with me is that it’s not enough to just disciple someone else. You have to be discipled by someone as well. It’s like the “Circle of Life”. You give and someone else gives to you. (Now I’m hearing the lions from the Lion King singing “The circle of life” in my head.)
But this truth has never been something that I thought too much on. Sure… I’ve had mentors… I’ve had GREAT mentors as a matter of fact. But I never thought that I needed someone to disciple me on a regular basis. After all, I was the one with all the Bible knowledge for so many years and people needed me to disciple them… what could they possibly give to me? I had this wrong thinking for many years. I took pride in my ministry and I wanted people to need me.
But this is not how God intended to make disciples. I’m finding out now that I need someone to disciple me more than ever before. I don’t ever want to get stagnant in my faith! I never want to feel like I’ve accomplished enough for Jesus or that I don’t have more to learn about God’s character! I never again want to take pride in my ministry because God is the only one who should get any glory over our ministries!
Luke 10 talks about when Jesus sent the disciples out two by two to every place he was about to go. The disciples returned saying “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” Even though there was cause to rejoice, Jesus took this opportunity to turn this into a teaching moment about them rejoicing in their accomplishments. He said “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20).
I never thought of this verse speaking of them taking pride in their accomplishments. But what an eye opener when it was presented like this. How many times have I taken pride in my accomplishments for Christ? Am I looking for my own glory or am I giving the glory to the One who deserves it? How many times have I thought “Man… she needed me” instead of “Man… she needed God.”
Don’t get me wrong: I think it is great to get excited about what the Lord is doing. But in that excitement we need to be sure it is pointed up to Him.